Target landing in Queen Anne's

Heather Tinelli from Queen Anne’s County Economic Development announces the county’s newest addition to retail shopping, Target. Target is slated to open next fall on Kent Island.

STEVENSVILLE — A national chain will be coming soon to Kent Island.

Target will fill the vacancy left by the closure of the Kmart store at the Kent Landing Shopping Center. The new store is slated to open in October 2021.

Queen Anne’s County Director of Economic Development’s Heather Tinelli made the official announcement at a virtual news conference, Friday, Dec. 18.

Residents had much anticipated and speculated what might fill that void. The addition of a Target was at the top of many people’s list.

County Commissioner Jim Moran joined the news conference with Tinelli and fellow Commissioner Jack Wilson.

“This is great news,” said Moran, noting the process started about 10 moths ago and will bring about 200 jobs to the county.

Owner of the shopping center Blake Cordish, said it has been a challenging time for retailers across the country.

“Really the best have risen to the top, and we think Target is among the best of the best. We could not be more appreciative of their support. This major investment and creation of new jobs, now of all times is extraordinarily important,” Cordish said.

Wilson said he is pleased to see this space be occupied.

“Thanks to Cordish Company and Target, in these times when economics are uncertain it’s great to have people willing to invest in Queen Anne’s,” Wilson said. “This is a great fit and a lot of local folks will take advantage.”

Cordish shared a statement from John Conlin, Senior Vice President, Target Properties, “We’re excited to bring an easy, safe and convenient shopping experience to Kent Island with this new Target store and look forward to serving guests in Queen Anne’s County.”

“Today would not have been possible but not for the leadership and professionalism of Queen Anne’s County from the commissioners all the way through staff,” Cordish said.

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